As part of an expansion of our advocacy mission, former Friends president, Peg Hall, has posted an essay telling why she believes the Refuges are at risk of losing their ability to protect the wilderness and wildlife that are the foundation of our natural-resource based economy and our cherished way of life.
Rest in Peace, Bill Kilborn
Bill died peacefully in his sleep at home in Trenton FL on Friday October 16 after a short illness. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Friends for several years. All of the Friends will miss his wry humor and savvy counsel. The Communications Team particularly will miss him, and his consistent dislike for all things "Apple" or "Mac". . . unusual for a graphics kinda guy, but who wouldn't want to work with a talented free-thinker.
Here are some of the comments from board members about losing him much too soon.
Current Problems is de-littering Shired Island on Saturday, October 24 from 10am-2pm. Meet at the Shired ramp.
Plastics are becoming more and more of a problem on coastal shorelines everywhere, and the Gulf coastal islands along the shore from Cedar Key northward are no exception. We will clean Shired Island and 2 or 3 nearby sandy islands. There's work for a couple of power boats, some paddlers, and land based volunteers too.
Contact Fritzi Olson if you can join us at Current Problems, Inc, 352-215-7554
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Refuge Information from the Refuge Manager
The Nature Drive on the Levy County side of the Refuge is now open. Finally, the road is dry enough to travel safely and without damaging the roadbed.
The Dixie Mainline has been closed because of major damage to a culvert from last month's rain. The County plans to open it on or about September 12, at least temporarily.
Access by vehicle to the Refuge roads in both Levy County and Dixie County is still very limited because of the heavy rainfall in recent weeks.
Even when roads are closed to vehicles, they are open to pedestrians and bicycles.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For an digital version,
Click on the Photo Below
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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